Feature Article: The Pinhole Photography of Robert Morneau

November 29, 2016  •  1 Comment

Over the last year, Robert Morneau has set aside his traditional 4x5 and 5x7 large format view cameras and focused on pinhole photography.  Robert uses a variety of black and white negative, color negative, and even color transparency films in his work.  Robert uses Ilford Delta 100, Ektar 100 and 400, and Velvia 100 films.

I like Robert's approach of building his own pinhole cameras.  To make the lens boards, he pokes a sewing needle through a thin sheet of aluminum.  This is a simple and highly effective way to create pinhole images on large format sheet film.  

Robert has over 35 years of experience creating fine art images with large format cameras.  "I began my field of study in photography at Brooks Institute School of Professional Photography in 1975 with an emphasis in Industrial and Color photography. Soon after graduation, I began working in northern California’s Silicon Valley as a staff photographer and lab technician in a major studio. I have taught commercial photography courses at De Anza Community College and Gavilan College as well as head the photography program at Gilroy High School for twelve years."

You can view Robert’s pinhole photography on his website at http://robertmorneauphotography.com/pinhole2.php

"My philosophy on photography and the visual arts is simple: Our creativity in producing a piece of art is defined by our ability to “see” an image within its artistic values. That is, to visualize a scene within the context of light and shadow, of composition and perspective, and of the ability to project an emotional response to the viewer. I photograph to document what I “see”, whether it be landscapes or urban settings, and to convey a sense of meditative quiet to those who view my photographs"

You can contact Robert via email at robert@robertmorneauphotography.com

About Pinhole Photography
A pinhole camera, also known as a camera obscura, is a simple device consisting of a light-tight box or container with a small hole used as a substitute for a lens. When light enters the small hole, its rays are inverted to project an image on the opposite wall of the box. This is the very basis of how an image is recorded in a modern-day camera.

A pinhole photograph requires a long exposure due to the small diameter of the hole. As a result, the photographer creates an image that may contain a great deal of movement while maintaining an infinite degree of depth of field. Pinhole cameras can be constructed out of any kind of container, from shoe boxes to paint cans, provided the container is made light-tight.

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Jim Fuller(non-registered)
Nice article, beautiful photographs.
I am retired, live in Alabama.
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